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Hartlebury, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Hartlebury, a village and a parish in Worcestershire. The village stands 1½ mile E of the river Severn, 2 miles E by S of Stourport, and 3½ S by E of Kidderminster, and has a station on the G.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Kidderminster. The parish contains also the township of Upper Mitton, and the hamlets of Crossway Green, Norchard, Waresley, Chadwick, Titton, Lincomb, Charlton, Wildon, Torton, and Low Hill. Acreage, 5714; population, 3723; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1491. The manor has belonged to the Bishops of Worcester since very early times. Hartlebury Castle, the seat of the bishops, was built in the time of Henry III. by Bishop Cantelupe; was seized and destroyed in 1646 by the Parliamentarian force; was rebuilt after the Restoration, and stands in a park to the W of the village. Ironworks are in Wildon hamlet, near the Worcestershire and Staffordshire Canal. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester, net value, £845. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church was rebuilt in 1836, and is a handsome edifice in the Early English and Decorated styles, with a tower; it was partially restored in 1877. The churchyard contains the tombs of Bishops Hurd, Carr, and Pepys. A mission church for some of the outlying hamlets was erected in 1882 at Bishop's Wood, by Bishop Philpott, who is buried there. Upper Mitton andWildon are included in the ecclesiastical parish of Lower Mitton. There are a Congregational chapel and an endowed grammar school.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishHartlebury St. James 
Poor Law unionDroitwich 

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hartlebury from the following:

Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.


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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Chadwick (Hartlebury)

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDY11
Post TownKidderminster